Today Is Diwali, The Festival Of Lights!

By Meera Dolasia on November 5, 2010

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Today, millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world will celebrate Diwali. Also known as Deepavali or the Festival of Lights it is one of the most eagerly awaited and widely celebrated festivals of India.

On this day, most people start the day by going to the temple (place of prayer) to seek blessings. After that they visit friends and family, exchanging gifts and Indian sweets. Since buying gold jewelry is considered very auspicious during this time, the women all dressed in their finest Indian attire, often head to the jewelers in the afternoon. 

At night, the  skies in India light up with colorful firework displays. However, these are not professional displays, but just adults and children having fun with their own stash of firecrackers. The young ones stick to the sparklers, while the older ones brave it out with the louder, more powerful ones. The commotion often continues late into the night until everyone is done with their very last firecracker!

The legend behind Diwali varies amongst the different states of India. While the stories may differ, they all celebrate the triumph of good over evil! Diwali also marks the end of the Indian calendar year. Tomorrow all the Hindus will celebrate the first day of the year 2067. That is because the Hindu calendar is 57 years ahead of the conventional Christian calendar that the entire world follows.

For kids living in India, Diwali is the equivalent of Christmas in the USA. They get a week's vacation from school, receive gifts from their parents and other relatives (no Santa Claus however!), eat great food and get to play with sparklers and fireworks. Sounds fun doesn't it?

Sources: About.com, BBCnews.com

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  • wolfbloodlover
    I think it is really cool. I can't belive it is 2067 there
    • Rockstar12/4/2013
      I am a indian we cella rate It with fireworks
      • AnIndian11/4/2013
        Even though, we live out of India and there are HARDLY any Indians here... we brought fireworks from a place and finished all the fireworks with some other indians at 11:00 pm!
        • artemis12
          artemis123/29/2013
          My family celebrates Diwali too. But did you know that Diwali is also celebrated by the Sikh religion. It commemorates when our guru, or saint, Guru Har Gobind Ji saved innocent people for the jail of the cruel mugal rulers. he convinced the guards to let the people go. the trick was that Guru Ji could only take out the men who held onto the two corners of his cape. The next day he came back with a cape that had 52 corners on it ,one for each man. That is why the Sikhs celebrate Diwali.
          • swirlylollypops
            the lights are so pretty!
            • pinkgiraffe
              pinkgiraffe12/10/2011
              i did a project about this! its a relly cool hoilday1
              • OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO10/18/2011
                I celebrate Diwali every year! What a blast to know even more! My family wons lots of dias. We eat very yummy food. I can not wait for Diwali. A
                • Mark7/5/2011
                  The Festival of Diwali is blast! Me and my family do this every year! Mrs.lettman here are answers to your questions. Diwali starts 26 october and the adults are very well experianced, so they know what there doing really well.
                  • Mrs.Lettman5/20/2011
                    A festial of lights seems like a ball. But i do have a few questions: like how do the adults manage the powerful ones, and what is the date of diwali. Although the lights sounds cool i wish i could've been a eyewitness.
                    • DIVA125/17/2011
                      I want to do that!

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